Saturday, 29 November 2014

Stop! For God's sake Reid, STOP!!

I don't know if you guys watch BBC's Ripper Street? The first series/season takes place in Whitechapel, London not long after the reign of terror created by Jack the Ripper. It's gritty, as London, and especially Whitechapel, seems to have been back then. Our central characters are Inspector Reid (Matthew Macfadyen); his competent, quiet and occasionally violent right hand man, Sergeant Bennet Drake (Jerome Flynn); and the American alcoholic ex-Army surgeon and Pinkerton agent, Homer Jackson (Adam Rothenberg), they meet along the way.

As well as the weekly crimes to solve there are intriguing longer arcing character development plots. One centres around the Inspector's loss of his young daughter in a ship board explosion. Drake's story involves his love for a young prostitute, Rose, who works with Long Susan the erswhile fiance of our American neer-do-well. Our surgeon/forensic guy, Homer Jackson, by the way, has his own story involving a checkered and criminal past and, of course, his rocky relationship with Susan.

After two entertaining seasons it looked like Ripper Street was at an end. An expensive production and a drop in viewers meant the axe. Until Amazon stepped forward and rescued it. Yay!

So, my husband and I were very excited to sit down the other night and watch the first two episodes of Season 3. The story begins by letting the viewers know that some time has passed following the pivotal events that closed Season 2. Our heroes have all gone their separate ways but we don't have to wait long for a new and terribly gruesome story to unfold. Within minutes of the first episode's beginning a spectacular train collision, on a bridge conveniently close to Whitechapel's police station, brings all our main characters back together amid heaps of charred metal and flesh.

Well, that was intense. But not nearly as CRAZY as what happens to Inspector Reid in the 2nd episode!! His story becomes so dark I'm not sure I can even carry on watching it. They've done something with Reid that I don't think they can come back from! Why!? Why!?

I won't give any more away but if you happen to watch it and have some opinions and theories, PLEASE, PLEASE let me know in the comments section.

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Orange Sky

I miss Autumn...
...and home.

Saturday, 22 November 2014

Ghost Bikes

As a former cyclist, who's had her share of cycling accidents, I well understand the dangers - especially cycling in a city. Although I'm a former cyclist -- cause traffic in this city is enough to scare you when you're driving a car never mind a bike -- the cooler weather here means I see lots of guys getting to and fro on bikes. And when I see them I say a little prayer.

Ghosts from Mutant Jukebox - Music & Sound on Vimeo.

Thursday, 20 November 2014

The Mystery of Theo Brown

Ok, now, do me a favour and just watch this. Go on. It's only 12 minutes. And if you're into spooky, weird and wonderful folklore it won't be time wasted. I promise.


Ok, so now, if you're anything like me, you're thinking, 
"Who the hell is Theo Brown and did he really go missing in Devon?" 
Yeah, well that's exactly what I've spent most of my morning trying to determine. 
And it all began thanks to this post at SparksinElectricalJelly.

And now, after several hours of googling, clicking, and reading I've discovered the following. 

First, you should know that this film was made by Ellie Dearing for her BA in Film, Theatre and Television at the University of Reading. The intro card at the beginning makes that clear (somehow I missed that during my first time viewing). But is the disappearance of a local Folklorist true? Or are we looking at something more complex?

Well, yes, Theo Brown did exist. And yes, she was deeply interested in folklore and did leave behind a fascinating archival collection but notice I wrote SHE?

Yes, Theodora Brown, a woman with ties to the University of Exeter, lived a good space of years, from 1914 to 1993. She was also an avid collector of legends, tales and fascinating folklore. That's according to this PDF celebrating Inspirational Women of Devon.


"" was probably early expeditions to Dartmoor with her parents in a caravan known as 'The Loiterer,' which began her interest in folklore...Some of Theo's best know research was on established Devon folklore, such as the 'Hairy Hands' and 'Devil's Footprints' but her archive also includes work on the folklore of Europe and America...She was taken on as an Honorary Research Fellow in the Departments of Theology and English at Exeter University. She produced several books including Tales of a Dartmoor Village (1961) based on her early trip to Dartmoor, The Fate of the Dead (1979) and edited a set of booklets on West Country Folklore produced by the Toucan Press."

She had a stroke in 1978 but did not stop continuing to publish. Her final book, Devon Ghosts was published in 1982. But did she go missing on the moors?

Somehow, I doubt a 79 year old woman who had suffered a stroke, even a woman perhaps considered an eccentric, packed up her life's work and a camera then went for a final walk. Nope, Theo Brown died in an Exeter hospital leaving behind her more than just an archival collection of writings.

"Theo Brown died in hospital in Exeter on February 3, 1993, and her death has revealed something of her wonderful capacity for making and keeping friends. There are many with a keen sense of loss at her passing, not least the children from the local primary school with which she became involved a short while ago. There is little doubt that she passed on to them something of her overwhelming passion -- for it was nothing less -- for local traditions, strange legends, eccentric characters and Otherwold beliefs." - Hilda Ellis Davidson

I wonder if some of those children are people like Ellie Dearing and the members of Folklore Tapes? Because clearly they have been inspired by this fascinating woman and her collection.

Read more about Folklore Tapes' Theo Brown and the Folklore of Dartmoor project here and here.

Or listen to Folklore Tapes creations here and here and here.

Mystery solved...

Did I mention I have a Folklore degree? Which is why I know that the Devil's Footprints also appear in Newfoundland. Maybe Theo Brown visited there? I just discovered she published this about the Mummer's Play. (See a post I did about this tradition in Newfoundland on my other blog here).

I think I'M feeling inspired!

Sunday, 16 November 2014

A Travelling Wonder Wagon - Hedgespoken

The Hermitage is a beautiful blog I've been following for a while now. Watch the video below to learn more about their plan for taking their art and life onto the road in a style I envy!

Friday, 14 November 2014

November Night

Alessandro Sanna - The River
Listen. . .
With faint dry sound,
Like steps of passing ghosts,
The leaves, frost-crisp'd, 
                    break from the trees
And fall.

Adelaide Crapsey  (1878-1914)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Day of the Skulls

Read about and see more pics re: Bolivia's Day of Skulls here.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Take a walk after dark

by me

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

"Important to show dark things to kids..."

I totally agree with Neil Gaiman on this! Click here to read more about his latest - a retelling of Hansel & Gretel.

Monday, 3 November 2014

(r)Aging Pumpkin

Do not go gentle into that good night,    Old age should burn and rave at close of day;
Rage, rage against the dying of the light.  - Dylan Thomas

(r)Aging Pumpkin by me - composite & Photoshop oil filter

Sunday, 2 November 2014

All Souls Day

Today I'm remembering loved ones who have moved on.

Fall 2010

Yep, that's an urn. And, yep, there are ashes inside. Of people I knew and loved. Today I will raise a glass in their honour and remember the laughs we shared.